Costa Rica’s Arias praises Obama as ‘president who listens’

April 17, 2009

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Central America has high hopes after Sunday morning´s much anticipated sit-down meeting in Trinidad and Tobago between fellow heads of state from this region and U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Now there´s a different president in Washington, a president who listens, who wants to learn,” said Arias, according to a government press release issued shortly after the meeting of Obama and leaders from the Central American Integration System (SICA). The meeting came just at the end of the weekend-long Summit of the Americas.

“Without a doubt we have big expectations that relations between the United States and Latin America, and particularly with Central America, will be stronger, where … everything achieved will be done through respectful dialogue,” Arias said.

Joining Arias and Obama Sunday were leaders of the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador, who discussed issues such as immigration, the global economic crisis and drug- and weapons-trafficking.

Obama said the U.S. is committed to engaging the region, and listening some more.

“I´m looking forward to hearing more about how the United States can be an effective partner with all the countries represented,” Obama said, according to several news reports citing a White House statement.

The U.S. president also delighted Costa Ricans by giving the “small country” special mention.

“We recognize that other countries have good ideas, too, and we want to hear them,” Obama said, according to the newswire Associated Press. The fact that an idea comes “from a small country, like Costa Rica,” should not diminish its benefit, he added.

See the April 24 print or digital edition of The Tico Times and The Nica Times for more on this story.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights
Costa Rica
1 views
Costa Rica
1 views

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 23, 2019

Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Ventura Robles, met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week…

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture
Central America
46 views
Central America
46 views

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

AFP - April 23, 2019

One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a…

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education
Costa Rica
10 views
Costa Rica
10 views

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 22, 2019

Costa Rica on Monday celebrated 150 years of free, obligatory and state-paid education with a ceremony at the Escuela Jesús…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!